Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
May brought us beautiful flowers, but along with the flowers we have been blessed with more and more rain. Our lakes are in good shape as we prepare for the hot months of summer. During May we have had many opportunities to be involved with our community. We have had the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Walk for a Cure through downtown Coleman, which was a great success. We saw the Farmer's Market open at the corner of Walnut and Commercial where we've been able to purchase home grown vegetables, meats, flowers, art, wine, soaps and much more. The streets are busy with visitors and locals all mingling and having a great time on each Saturday morning. Coleman was host for the Lawmakers Luncheon once again this year in the Bill Franklin Center. Dignitaries from the Midwest Region were present with our lawmakers listening to and asking questions of our lawmakers. Santa Anna had a great Funtiers Day with Arts & Crafts, Food Booths, Cook-off and much more. The Meek Blood Bank was in town at the Coleman County Electric Co-op to give us an opportunity to take the time to help others. The Coleman Community Coalition hosted the Accountability Roundtable with Sam Silverstein as the speaker. Coleman and Coleman County is fast becoming the place to be! We hope you take every opportunity that Coleman has to offer. YOU are a very important part of our community!
The Chamber Business Spotlight for this month is Cooper Supply, Inc. Bill & Sharron Paul established Cooper Supply Inc. in 1983 to meet the growing polyethylene pipe needs of the Central Texas oil fields. Coleman, Texas was the ideal location as it was in the middle of oil country and close to pipe manufacturing facilities. Bill Paul Jr. (son) began working for Cooper Supply while attending Coleman High School. Upon graduation in 1986, Bill Jr. joined the family owned operation full time. In 2001, the Paul's added a Farm & Ranch Hardware store which focuses on the use of polyethylene pipe for irrigation/crops and livestock water. Recently they have joined the Do It Best hardware family, enabling Marc Stovall (hardware store manager) and his team to bring Coleman and the surrounding area more quality products at great prices.
As the oil market transitioned thru the 80's and mid 90's, a new location was opened in 1994 in the DFW are of Haltom City (Stephanie Paul-Groves daughter/General Manager) to supply polyethylene natural gas pipe to what was once Lone Star Gas (currently Atmos) to meet the growing demands of an expanding housing and commercial market. With Bill Sr.'s vast knowledge of the oil patch/energy market, the DFW diversified quickly to service the needs of the emerging and exploding Barnett Shale.
A third branch was opened in Corpus Christi in 2006 (Bill Paul Jr. son VPO) to provide polyethylene pipe to South Texas Eagle Ford Shale for the natural gas/water and energy markets.
April 4, 2016, Cooper Supply was thrilled to announce the opening of a fourth location in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Our new location in Lufkin, Texas will focus on natural gas distribution and be managed by long time employee Jack Baccus out of the Ft. Worth location.
Our slogan for the las 33 years still remains true today: "People Helping People". When you call Cooper Supply you will get a "Live, Responsive, Responsible" person every time. Family owned and operated. Certified: Woman Owned Business and Texas HUB (historically underused business).
Our County Chamber Business Spotlight is The Coleman Country Club. The Coleman Country Club was founded in the late 1920's. The land was purchased from the Overall Estate. Originally it had sand putting greens. This Country Club holds fond memories for many in Coleman and Coleman County. Early members include Roy and Milton Autry. Milton's son Steve continues his family tradition as well as being a member and player. Charter members were Ben Taylor and Lang Martin Sr. Lang Martin Jr. is a member, and plays with his son Greg and Grandson, Ryan. This is 4 generations of members and players at the Coleman Country Club.
The Coleman Country Club has withstood drought, floods, and changes in membership. Many improvements have been made. Herb McKee brought in heavy equipment to straighten out and improve the course. Ponds were dug, not to only catch the precious water, but to catch the many stray golf shots made by some of the players. Jack and Danny Birdwell served as course superintendents. Craig Duquet presently serves in this capacity and has for the last 10 years.
The Coleman Country Club offers amenities for recreational use including golf, swimming and fishing. The golf course is open to the public while swimming and fishing is limited to membership.
The Course is constantly being improved thanks to many volunteers, sponsors, and the Coleman Community Coalition. The CCC is currently helping to fund the improvements of the cart paths.
While the Coleman Country Club Golf Course has members, it is also open to the public for a great game of golf. The green fees and cart rental is very reasonable. The Country Club serves as host to many tournaments which brings many visitors to Coleman. Some upcoming Tournaments include hosting the West Texas Jr. Golf Association on June 27, 2016. This event will bring in 40 or more of the finest young golfers, their coaches, parents and interested observers. They will patronize local motels and restaurants showing the economic impact our course has on the local economy. Our records indicate that our tournaments bring hundreds of visitors into the local community annually. Each year we have the pleasure of hosting the Coleman Invitational - Flynn Tournament, June 3 - 5, 2016, which is dear to the hearts of many locals. We also have the pleasure of hosting the Coleman PRCA Rodeo Association Tournament on June 11, 2016. This is not a serious tourney and they have novice players each year. This tourney is a great time for those first time players to join in on the fun. Additional tournaments that are currently scheduled are as follows:
- ARK Tournament June 25, 2016
- Masonic Tournament July 9, 2016
- The Borracho Tournament August 12 - 13, 2016
- Three Person Shamble August 27 - 28, 2016
- Three Person Scramble October 1 - 2, 2016
Enhancing the golf experience could result in increased stimulus to the local economy. They will accept any donations any individual or organization would like to contribute in order to have and keep their facilities ready for the upcoming busy future.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
The Chamber of Commerce has a fun and unique Fund Raiser!
You have the opportunity to own a Priefert Roping Chute signed by George Straight and used in the 2016 George Strait Classic Team Roping in San Antonio.
This chute was donated by John and Christi Robertson.
The Anticipated Drawing is October 1, 2016 at the Fiesta de la Paloma.
Get tickets from the Coleman Chamber of Commerce at 218 S. Commercial or from any Chamber Board of Director. This is a fun Fund Raiser that we know all of you Cowboys will want to be a part of!
Posted ~ Wednesday, May 11, 2016
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
CCMC is a Critical Access Hospital offering a Swing Bed Program for long term care patients, physical therapy, and radiology. To assure that we provide the highest quality care, we follow nationally recognized evidence based guidelines and core measures. We are dedicated to using advances in technology to improve our patient's care and safety. We provide primary care services that are second to none in quality and we do it with a personal touch that can only be found in a small town hospital! CCMC provides day surgery, Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery, Dental surgery, and preventive testing (upper and lower GI procedures)
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles).
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative.
Santa Anna, and Panther Creek Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes leather goods. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. The area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Heritage Hall Museum , There are also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.